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Airmen Selection Centre celebrates first anniversary

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 14:18 IST

THE AIRMEN Selection Centre located at Shamla Hills, Bhopal, celebrated its first anniversary. The occasion called for double celebrations as the Indian Air force has successfully conducted two schedules testing for its non-technical and technical trades in Bhopal.

The response to these rallies was so good that the written examination continued till late evening hours to ensure that all candidates reported, can appear for the exam.

In the process, Indian Air Force has successfully recruited more than 345 boys from Madhya Pradesh. Wing Commander Ashutosh Chaturvedi, Commanding Officer Central Airmen Selection Board told that there’s no shortage of talent but Madhya Pradesh’s representation in the armed forces is very less.

This could be because students and parents lack proper knowledge and understanding about the armed forces and services available. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of the boys from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the recent rallies, the IAF has planned one more schedule testing in February 07 for which an advertisement has already been published in the Employment News.

All youths from MP and Chhattisgarh, who have passed Intermediate/10+2/ equivalent examination with a minimum 50% marks in overall aggregate. Or. Three year Diploma in Engineering Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics/Automobile/Computer Science/Instrumentation Technology/ Information Technology from a government recognised polytechnic or institute. The last date for the receipt of application at the Central Airmen Selection Board is November 17, 2006.

Army Marksmanship Unit, Mhow
THE ARMY Marksmanship Unit, which is located in the Infantry School Mhow, has given outstanding shooters of national and international calibre. The unit first shot to prominence when one of its officers, Lt Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore gave India its only proud moment at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and 2004 Athens Olympics where he won a gold and a silver respectively in the double trap shooting event.

Rathore took to shooting in 1996 and was trained in the Army Marksman Infantry School in Mhow. He is the first Indian to win an individual silver medal at the Olympics since the 1900 Games in Paris. Reiterating its resolve to win Olympic Medals, the Army Marksmanship unit has made an open offer to outstanding shooters to join the army and avail its training, coaching and other facilities to accomplish the cherished aim at the Beijing Olympics.

The unit is a cradle for sports shooting and, under the Rs 60 crore Mission Olympic Project it has been making sincere efforts to achieve its aim of an Olympic gold medal in shooting at the Beijing Olympics. The army is providing all facilities, including training, coaching, weapons and ammunition to its shooters and is also ready to extend the same facilities to other outstanding shooters of the country if they join the army.

Confident after the performance of shooters of the Army Marksmanship Unit at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the army is hopeful of sending at least four shooters to Beijing Olympics.

Did you know?
Military Headquarters of War (Mhow) used to be the headquarters of the 5th Division of the Southern Army (a Division comprising only the British units) during the British Raj. Legend has it Winston Churchill had also spent a few months in Mhow when he was a subaltern serving with his regiment in India. The house on the Mall, where he was supposed to have lived, has gradually crumbled due to neglect and age. It has been pulled down and a joggers’ park has been built on its grounds by the Infantry School Mhow.

Mhow is synonymous with the Indian Army and has been a training centre of the Army since the British days. It houses three premier training institutions: (i) The Infantry School - the alma mater of the Indian Infantry which is the spearhead of the Indian Army (ii) The Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE)—the alma mater of the Corps of Signals—and (iii) The Army War College (formerly known as the College of Combat). The three institutions form the backbone of Mhow. Each of these institutions is headed by a Lieutenant General.

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